LLC trustees move forward with next green energy project – Journal Gazette and Times

March 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

MATTOON — The Lake Land College Board of Trustees agreed to a contract for a 200 kilowatt photovoltaic array to be installed in two parts on the VoTech and Webb Hall roofs.

Vice President for Business Services Ray Rieck says this project will also include replacement of the VoTech roof to sustain the weight of the array.

The cost of the 200-kilowatt array is $682,194, Rieck said, which will be split between a grant and the CTS Group in exchange for another wind turbine which was originally part of the group’s contract. Director of Facilities Planning Mike Kasdorf wrote in a memo to the board that the photovoltaic system is the better option for the college.

“The sun, we are told, is our best source of energy and could supply ample power for everyone on Earth 10,000 times over, according to some,” Kasdorf wrote. “And, it will be available for the next 5 billion years, give or take. Rack mount photovoltaic systems (PV), otherwise known as solar panels, have no moving parts to wear out, require less maintenance than any other energy generating systems, are stable and have long performance guarantees. Best of all they provide much needed energy without air pollution or ozone depletion.”

A grant will cover $409,316 of the project cost while the 40 percent match will be funded by CTS Group, Rieck explained. There would be no additional cost for the college if more support engineering and construction is needed.

However, the project’s challenge is the VoTech building’s roof.

“On this building, which would be Webb Hall, the roof was replaced recently, but the VoTech roof warranty roof ends this August,” Rieck explained. “We didn’t want to put up a new solar array on an old roof so we are recommending to the trustees to replace that roof, which will be out of warranty shortly, at a cost of $441,688. (The roof) needs to be done any way.”

The roof will be constructed out of a reflective material instead of its current tar and gravel. 

In other business, at Rieck’s request the board tabled a bid for the installation of a 100-kilowatt array, for which CTS would also carry the grant match funding. Rieck requested more time to review the bids and the scope of the work needed to be done.

The board also:

  • Approved three project final completion reports.
  • Heard a presentation on the school’s energy savings.
  • Approved a planned retirement request for campus police chief Randy Ervin, who will retire Dec. 1, 2017.
  • Approved an annual budget request to begin preparation on the tentative fiscal year budget.
  • Learned that the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be May 16. About 300 students will participate.
  • Approved the bylaws for a new student group — the Renewable Energy Club. Renewable energy instructor Joe Tillman and technology training coordinator Adra Baldwin will serve as co-advisers of the club.
  • Approved revisions to the board policy covering college closings due to weather, mechanical failure or power outage.
  • Accepted a state library grant for $2,500 for a project titled Full STEAM Ahead: Implementing Common Core Materials into the Post-Secondary Classroom, which is slated to begin April 1.
  • Approved a $28,510 bid for digital radiology equipment from Patterson Dental Supply of Missouri for the dental hygiene program.

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